Following the decimation of the County 20/20 competition the ECB has announced it is to organise an Underwater 20/20 knock out cup.
"The game has lost one of its most exciting and money spinning competitions and we thought something should be done about it!"
"We have stolen the idea from Polo" said Sir Micheal Cowdrey Clark known to his mates as MCC. "Water polo came about purely by chance. The famous Ham Polo field in Richmond, England was flooded due to the Thames bursting it banks.Clearly the sponsors,the various Lords and Ladies, and the Champagne vendors were all demanding action so me and some of the chaps stripped off and we played water polo without the horses and sticks. It was jolly good fun. When the weather turned bad we thought..lets do it with cricket.
The ECB is currently evaluating the business plan. The venue is still under discussion. The first consideration is whether it should be played in a major river like the Thames or in the Serpentine. Some experts are concerned that bowling into the current could result in the ball never arriving at the batsman end, where as a pond or lake would make the task much easier,
Two teams of 7 are currently undergoing intensive scuba training as it is believed that the ECB were not in favour of players "holding their breath" as this would dangerous.
New Laws include:-
- Tide stopped play- Should the water levels change during the course of an innings the unpires can call the game to a halt
- Bad Light.This Law has been amended to take into consideration water quality and the presence of any sewage.
- Any ball hitting a fish or underwater creature shall be called Dead Ball
Sky Television and BBC are locked in a desperate battle with the BBC considered to be favorite after submitting David Attenborough;s Blue Planet as part of the credentials presentation.
A senior BBC executive commented "WE have a fantastic history underwater and with the innovation of "Wet T shirt cheer leaders and female umpires dressed in tight black rubber it will be a very watchable" he leered.